Wednesday, 23 April 2014

US troops arrive in Poland


The first of 600 US soldiers began to arrive in Poland on April 22 for a series of military exercises in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, according to the Pentagon press secretary, AP reported…The exercises will begin with 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team on April 23 in Poland…Troops could begin arriving in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on April 28…American troops in Central European countries will help reinforce the feeling of security among NATO members in a time of heightened trepidation…Equally, the small troop amount could indicate the deployment is more political than strategic...Although the troops are only participating in a temporary exercise, it could herald an increased US presence in the region…The deployment could be part of the US-proposed anti-ballistic missile shield which was to be based in Poland and other Central European countries, announced under President Bush but sidelined under President Obama, and it may well be back on the table…Military exercises can be a good way to reposition troops legally and quickly…The Pentagon may decide to permanently base a greater number of troops in Poland or the Baltics depending on what actions Russia takes in the near future.

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